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August 8, 2019

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Berluti Impresses on the Bespoke Side

Following yesterday’s roast of Berluti’s RTW atrocities, is the upside post about their Bespoke Program and the amazingness that comes out of that. I recently saw this photo on the Instagram account of @sole_preacher and was immediately impressed with all that was going on. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a ‘normal’ shoe. This, for me, is not necessarily a wearable shoe either (i.e. I would not wear it) but the detail, making, […]

August 7, 2019

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Berluti Does It Again – Ruins Dress Shoes

It pains me to write these types of posts against Berluti as in reality they use to inspire me and have made some of the most beautiful shoes that I have ever seen. But again, maybe that extreme contrast between beauty and ugliness in their shoe production is what keeps me writing these posts, in the hopes that they will stop making these atrocities that can barely pass as shoes. I just don’t understand what […]

July 2, 2019

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New Shoes on The Marketplace – July 2nd 2019

The Marketplace is growing. People have a lot of shoes they want to get rid of and are listing them here. We have all kinds of makers listed on The Marketplace. And remember not all of the shoes are used. For example the Septieme Largeur shoes below in UK7/US8 are all brand new, and listed for a steal of a price at that! Whoever is lucky enough to be that size is going to win! […]

January 24, 2019

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Fashion Should Die – Berluti’s Latest

I have a real love/hate with Berluti, especially after seeing this photo which is nearly so bad I feel like vomiting. All jokes aside, it is really just sad to me at what lengths designer’s/people/labels will go to create absurd articles of clothing that other gullible individuals deem as stylish because said brand made it. It’s like Louboutin’s shoes with spikes. I mean, I understand fashion and doing daring things to create an idea/look/lifestyle, but then […]

January 27, 2018

Online Purchases: EU vs Non EU – What’s the Difference?

With being able to grab your phone out of your pocket, make a few clicks and buy some product that is 10,000 miles away the world has become far more connected, but also a bit more confusing as international law and taxation have now become involved. And not everyone understands it. So allow me to explain what many have been confused by in the hopes to shed some light and make your shopping experience a […]

October 16, 2017

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Cowboy Boots by Berluti — French Fashion House Goes Western!

In the modern day of retail sales you have to keep up or you will get left behind, especially now, thanks to the internet and the entire world just being one click away. But there is a fine line between keeping up and going overboard. And I am having mixed feelings about the boots at hand, from Berluti’s new A/W collection. I never thought I would see a men’s French style house doing Western cowboy […]

July 24, 2017

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Unique Design Feature by Berluti

Now that I am in a new territory for content, I passed by Bergdorf Goodman the other day and had a look at their selection of shoes to see what was popular here in the US. The brand ambassador for Berluti happened to be there that day and we chatted quickly about their selection. He was a nice guy and showed me what they had in stock. I managed to notice this extremely unique wholecut […]

July 6, 2017

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Mythbuster Part 1 – Leather Creasing Means Something is Wrong

Leather creases. Plain and simple. There is no such thing as crease free leather. Frankly the thought of people thinking that leather should not crease is just absurd. So many times have I heard people complaining about wrinkled leather and thus blaming either the leather or the maker for this reason. Well allow me to tell you that there are so many more factors that play into a shoe’s leather becoming prominently wrinkled, factors that […]

A Shoe Collection of a True Aficionado

Some people love cars, some love watches, some love video games and then there are those that love menswear, particularly the staple ingredient known as ‘shoes.’ And then there are some people that love them way more than others and have a true passion for them, in all sorts of shapes, colors and styles. Sole Preacher of Instagram is one of those gentleman, a true shoe aficionado collecting anything from patina’d sneakers, to shoes with […]

October 13, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Three

Most of the pictures in this post are of Berluti’s bespoke samples (with the exception of the two black pairs below). Berluti was very smart to hire two of the best bespoke makers in France, if not the world: Anthony Delos and Patrice Rock. Their appointment ensured that the legacy of Berluti’s integrity, from the switch of ownership from private company to LVMH acquired, stayed intact. The beauty of their bespoke department is that you […]